US House leader moves toward inviting Netanyahu to address Congress

Rep Jim Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Rep. Mike Johnson in Jerusalem on February 19, 2020. (Mike Johnson's office)
Rep Jim Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Rep. Mike Johnson in Jerusalem on February 19, 2020. (Mike Johnson's office)

The Republican leader of the US House of Representatives says he is close to inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address lawmakers, even if the Senate’s Democratic leader did not go along.

House Speaker Mike Johnson tells reporters at the Capitol he had given Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer until Tuesday to sign a letter inviting Netanyahu to address a joint meeting.

“If not, we’re going to proceed and invite Netanyahu just to the House,” Johnson says.

Schumer confirmed that he was talking to Johnson. “I’m discussing that now with the speaker of the House and, as I’ve always said, our relationship with Israel is ironclad. It transcends any one prime minister or president,” Schumer tells reporters at his weekly news conference.

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